SportsPound takes over

June 26 2018
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A GROUP of couch-to-5k runners have graduated from the SportsPound project by running a parkrun at Pomphrey Hill.

SportsPound is a South Gloucestershire Council and Sport England funded project aiming to get 3,000 people more active by providing eight activity sessions free of charge. As part of this, couch-to-5k courses are designed to help inexperienced runners improve their fitness and build up from running for 60 seconds in week one, to running continuously for 30 minutes by week nine. 

The 'SportsPound parkrun takeover' took place at Pomphrey Hill Playing Fields in Mangotsfield on Saturday June 9 at 9am. Councillor Rachael Hunt, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council was in attendance at the event, and said: “The event was the second anniversary of our first SportsPound couch-to-5K graduation, with over forty SportsPound graduates volunteering as marshals, timekeepers, other officials and run director on the day. There was a superb attendance with 435 runners taking part and ages spanning from six to 66, some with pushchairs and even some running with their dogs. A number of runners also achieved parkrun landmarks that day,. 

Adrian Grimshaw, run director, said: “There is a great synergy between parkrun and SportsPound, in trying to promote an active lifestyle - especially to those who find it the hardest. Whatever circumstances may form a barrier to participation, both organisations look to break those down and encourage everyone.”

To find out more, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/sportspound